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Republican committee votes overwhelmingly to support House

The Colorado Statesman

A Colorado Republican Party panel voted overwhelmingly on Friday to support embattled state GOP chairman Steve House, who had been embroiled in controversy over efforts by prominent Republicans to persuade him to resign for nearly two weeks.

Following a grueling meeting that lasted more than six hours, the Colorado GOP’s state executive committee passed a motion expressing confidence in House by a vote of 22-1.

After the meeting, a relieved-looking House told reporters he was ready to move on and get to work helping elect Republicans.

News From Yesteryear

Owens debates Ref C, Tancredo shoots 'em up, Dems look ahead, Jabs weighs run

The Colorado Statesman

Ten Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Gov. Bill Owens and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey agreed that Texas was a great state but, beyond that, clashed over the wisdom of Referendum C, finding little common ground. Armey, the Republican head of FreedomWorks, was in town to spark a looming battle over ideology among conservatives over the best way to fix the ailing economy — more budget cuts were on deck in Colorado — by drawing the line on any tax increases.

Conservative Jeffco School Board members face recall

The Colorado Statesman

For supporters of an effort to recall three conservative members of the Jefferson County School Board, the potential for an off-year election holds a mixed bag.

If enough signatures are gathered in an effort to oust Board President Ken Witt, Vice President Julie Williams and Secretary John Newkirk, a recall election will be held this November.

But will passionately held opposition to the conservative board translate into actual support from Democratic-leaning voters, many of whom sit out non-presidential year elections?

Paul stresses ‘right to be left alone’ at packed Denver campaign event

The Colorado Statesman

Those hoping for a rousing pro-pot speech Tuesday from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul may have been disappointed, but not pro-liberty voters.

The Republican presidential candidate whipped up the packed crowd at Chopper’s Sports Grill instead with a call for “the right to be left alone” and against the USA Patriot Act, federal spying on citizens and civil-asset forfeiture, in accord the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures.

New looks at big development picture as he preps for Denver City Council

The Colorado Statesman

Some people are obsessed with trains. Others can’t get enough of comic books or Star Wars. Wayne New is what you might call a community planning geek.

The newly elected Denver city council member pulls out his iPhone and starts flipping through photos from his recent visit to Atlanta, depicting what appears to be pavement — but not just any pavement. If you look closely, you can see rails from the Atlanta Streetcar system built into the concrete.

Courts Columnist

Nicolais: Marriage decision isn’t ‘next’ Roe, it’s closer to Brown

The Colorado Statesman

In the wake created by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the marriage equality case, there has been a rush to pick the ruling apart and compare it to past landmark decisions. Due to the inherent social-political issue — and the subsequent bitter divides — some have cited it as the “next” Roe v. Wade.

I don’t subscribe to that position.

Denver officials say fixes to sheriff dept. will take time

The Colorado Statesman

Denver officials got an earful from the public about problems plaguing the Denver Sheriff Department at a recent forum that addressed the need for a culture shift within the troubled law enforcement agency.

Community members rattled off a number of areas of concerns — including how inmates are treated and a perceived lack of transparency at the department — during a city-organized event in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood on Tuesday.

The meeting came on the heels of a sweeping, 300-page independent report released in May that called for systemic changes at the department.

Morris tells conservatives Colorado sits at ‘epicenter’ of 2016 election

The Colorado Statesman

The record six Republican presidential hopefuls who took the stage at this year’s Western Conservative Summit in Denver are only the tip of the iceberg.

Political strategist Dick Morris predicted that Colorado will play an even more crucial role in next year’s presidential contest than it did in 2012, when state voters were besieged with national candidates and campaign ads.

Western Conservative Summit keeps growing in numbers, influence

The Colorado Statesman

The Western Conservative Summit keeps getting bigger, more influential and, as far as John Andrews is concerned, better.

Every year, the summit breaks its own attendance record, and this year was no exception. The three-day conservative confab, which wrapped up Sunday at the Colorado Convention Center, is expected to hit nearly 4,000 attendees when the final figures are tallied, or several hundred more than the 3,500 guests who turned out in 2014.

Report: Colorado ready to take on climate change

The Colorado Statesman

Coloradans love playing outdoors. But if residents want to keep on enjoying the state’s recreational bounty — and continue enjoying the $13.2 billion the recreational industry pumps into Colorado’s economy — it’s time for the state to lead the way cutting carbon pollution. Fortunately, says a report released this week, Colorado is in a good position to do just that.

That was the message delivered on Tuesday by Environmental Colorado, several outdoor recreational organizations and Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Boulder.